Why one should fight until the very end.

Sep 15, 2007, 3:44 AM |

This is a game I played online recently.  I was hurting pretty badly.  I had made some poor decisions, and found myself in, oddly enough, a poor position.  I decided to make an all-out attack on the black king.  At some point I was playing for the draw by perpetual check.  When it became clear that it wasn't going to happen, I threw more material away.   Ultimately, I ended up with a win out of a game I thought to be hopeless.

The moral of the story is this:  You are not the only player to make mistakes.  As hard as you may try to throw away a game, sometimes your opponent will try harder!  You don't improve your endgame skills by resigning all the time.  When your position is bad and a quiet defensive plan just prolongs your demise, go crazy!  Attack!  What's the worst that can happen?  You were going to lose anyway.